With great pleasure, I’d like to officially announce a pair of recitals on June 26 and 29 – and if you are reading this blog post, you are very welcome and invited to come!
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The repertoire for these recitals was chosen from some of my absolute favorites from the past season – from the transcendent and magnificent Beethoven Concerto to Ysaye’s intense and dramatic “Ballade” to Bach’s pure and dazzling Partita in E Major, these are all masterpieces of the violin repertoire.
Now, gathered together on one recital program, it will be a special treat to hear them all in a a more intimate setting! The venues in Cambridge and Boxford have beautiful acoustics, and it will be a powerful experience to hear these masterpieces up close and live.
Playing the Beethoven Concerto with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic this past March was such a joy. The concerto is powerful, grand and, above all, truly beautiful. Typically, it is heard either with a full orchestra or not at all. (Photo below from this March’s performance; photo credit Lilit Hartunian.)
Historically, however, it was common for violin soloists to perform the great concerti on recital programs. Certainly there is something special about hearing it with full orchestra, but I am hoping to bring people’s attention to this concerto’s more tender and intimate sides with these recitals. Among all the great violin concerti, the Beethoven Concerto stands out for its gentle and deeply personal feelings and sounds. It does not have some of the flashy pyrotechnics of other celebrated concertos, such as the greats by Tchaikovsky, Paganini, etc. Rather than being a vehicle for a soloist to show off, the Beethoven Concerto is a work of pure beauty and genuine expression. Filled with innocence, it is an honest, poignant expression of tenderness, gratitude, awe and the triumph of this aspect of life.
Bach’s Partita in E Major and Ysaye’s Balade are both written for solo violin – unaccompanied by piano or orchestra. Very naturally suited to the recital setting, these two pieces demonstrate what the violin can do all on its own! It’s been a pleasure getting to know these works in lecture recitals throughout Greater Boston this season. Audiences have been excited to hear the dazzling displays of virtuosity in the Ysaye and the spirited, special beauty of unaccompanied Bach.
I am so very much looking forward to performing all three of these works together on one recital program, sharing them with audiences up close and live!
It would be great to see you there! And, of course, please feel welcome to share this with anyone you think might enjoy these performances – all are welcome!
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